Now that your kid is old enough to be in Kindergarten they are probably big enough to be in a booster seat, right? That may not be the case!
Did you know that as of April 18, 2019, new car seat regulations came into affect, determining how long a child is required to use a car seat or booster seat. While this mainly affects families in Quebec, it never hurts to be up-to-date on the latest car seat requirements for your Province. CTV News Covers the Breakdown.
Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada has a reference list of car seat requirements for each Province/Territory. Click here for their appendix.
In British Columbia it says that infants are required to sit in a rear-facing car seat until a year and over 20 lbs (9 kg) or up until the car seats specifications.
Toddlers can sit in a forward-facing car seat by the age of 1 and over 20 lbs (9 kg), but should remain in this type of car seat with a 5 point harness until they are at least 40 lbs (18 kg), or up until the car seats specifications.
I also heard that you should wait until the child is walking unassistedly before facing them forward, I need to do my research on why this is.
Until 9 years of age, or 4’9” (145 cm) tall, the child is to be in a booster seat with a seatbelt.
After that, you just need to make sure that the seat belt is adjusted properly.
This information can be found on the British Columbia government website, here. This also has reference to ICBC car seat publications and BCAA, child car seat safety. BCAA offer a variety of resources, including resources on where to find car seat clinics and workshops.
Look out for my next post where I will do a breakdown of the different car seats that are available and the ones that we currently use and plan on using!
More information on Canada’s car seat regulations can be found on the Government of Canada’s website, here.